Lough Brin

Catch: Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Occasional Salmon.

Location: This lake is lying in the Kerry mountains about 10 miles north-west of Kenmare. It is best approached by a small road running north from the main Molls Gap to Sneem road.

Description: Access is good and it would be difficult to find a more beautiful setting, with mountains rising up on every side of the lough. It holds beautifully marked hard fighting brown trout up to 1 lb. Some Sea Trout make their way up around August. In the last two years Salmon have been taken in the lough and several people have been broken whilst brown trout fishing. One poor man I heard of last year had a fish on for over an hour only to loose in the end. Don’t fish to light here. One or two cannibal trout have been caught here, one of which is display in the fishing hut. This has to be the ugliest trout you will ever see.

Season: 15th February – 12th October

Cost: Permits from the Fishing Hut or The Blackwater Tavern, 064-82523. There are two boats for hire with outboards. No bank fishing is allowed. €30 per day.

Methods: Fly and spinning only.

Fly and Spinner, and Bait: Black & Peacock Spider, Small Olive/Black Bumble, Wastons Fancy, Diawl Bach with Daddies and Adams when fish rising to take surface flies all fly types sizes 12 – 18.